YouTube is an odd beast. I make use of it extensively in this blog and, in a way, it has become the most vital piece in the puzzle of this website. It’s an excellent resource for classical music and a great way to share the videos you love with the world. It’s also a fantastic way to showcase your work to the wider public, a platform for performance that has made stars out of the likes of Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black. I know… I shouldn’t go there, but, please, whhhhy?
In recent times people have become far more creative in their use of social media. Musicians from far-reaching areas of the world have used YouTube to audition for music schools or even orchestras and, in the past year or so, we have seen an incredible amount of musical collaboration on ‘The Tube’.
This new form of collaboration first came to my attention when I was sent a Radiohead track that had been recorded by musicians from across the globe and spliced together in a studio. I actually found it surprisingly moving to watch.
Twitter comes to town
Now, with the TwtrSymphony we have the next step in this collaborative evolution.
TwtrSymphony was created in March of this year by Chip Michael, a composer with a vision that social media can be a great tool to bring musicians together to perform new pieces and take this music to a global public. It follows the principles of Twitter closely, with a focus upon creating music that is limited to 140 seconds per track.
The first ‘shout-out’ for collaborators was met with over 100 responses, so the auditions process began and Michael came up with a list of musicians with the talent and motivation required to undertake this unique project.
When the performers had all finished their individual parts, the music was lovingly put together in a recording studio, using cutting-edge software engineering techniques to get past the bumps and snaggles that inevitably occur when attempting to integrate the music of performers who have never met each other, let alone performed together.
Thankfully for Chip Michael and all of the collaborators, the results are great. Inspiring would be the word I’d use. You see these types of collaboration go far further than the music. They are a sign of the good things that can come from a globalized world where we are only a few clicks away from people with similar aspirations, dreams and passions – no matter where on this earth they happen to live.
You can check out the video for ‘The Hawk Goes Hunting’, the first movement of the symphony ‘Birds of a Feather’ below. All other tracks are being drip-fed to the public, but if you go to the website http://twtrsymphony.instantencore.com/web/home.aspx and become a fan, you can get early access to the entire recording. It’s well worth a listen!
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